Known in India as the "bitter gourd" or "bitter melon". This unusual looking vegetable is regarded highly as an aid to digestion and its ability to cure a wide range of common ailments. It looks like a very knobbly gherkin and has a taste and texture somewhere between a cooked courgette and a cucumber with crunchy edible seeds. A distinctive vegetable side dish .
Pigeon peas are an important legume crop. The Indian subcontinent, eastern Africa and Central America, are the world's three main pigeon pea-producing regions. The dried peas may be sprouted briefly, then cooked, for a flavour different from the green or dried peas.
A medium hot vegetable curry dish from Gujarat. Chunks of sweet potato mixed with kand root, aubergine, beans and banana blended with turmeric and mixed spices make up this unusual but rich and filling dish. Can be eaten on its own with rice and breads or as a side dish. Heat and serve.